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Peridot: Pearls aren't for this! They're for standing around, and looking nice, and holding your stuff for you...right?
Pearl: That's enough! If we're going to work together, you're going to have to listen to me.
Peridot: Listen to you? [to Steven] Did you teach her to talk like this? [...] She's a Pearl. She's a made-to-order servant just like the hundreds of other Pearls being flaunted around back on Homeworld. [...] And she looks like a fancy one, too.
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Go-Go Enslavement and Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me both are based on the idea that enslaving a beautiful person is exciting. It's about dominance and power being combined with sex which turns some people on.

A girl who is born a slave and then grows up to become beautiful is instead about the contrast between her beauty and her circumstances. "A lily among the weeds". This trope has an obvious dark side. Many of these girls are So Beautiful, It's a Curse, forced into wearing revealing clothing and often raped by their masters. Because of this, it's more likely to be the setup to a Rescue Romance. There is also more likely to be emphasis on the girl's purity as well, and the idea that goodness and beauty can be found anywhere, not just in prosperity.

Far too common in Real Life throughout millennia wherever chattel slavery existed.

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Only beautiful slave girls that are born slaves or enslaved before puberty should be listed as examples. Post-puberty examples can go into Made a Slave. Often overlaps with Sex Slave. Often represents the highest-value goods in the Slave Market.


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    Anime and Manga 

    Art 
  • Haesal the Slave by Boris Vallejo. (Warning, really NSFW.)
  • The Greek Slave statue by Hiram Powers made in 1843 is supposed to represent an Orthodox Christian girl bound in chains who according to her sculptor, was enslaved by the Ottomans. It's significant for inspiring both abolitionists prior to the American Civil War and women's rights activists such as suffragette Lucy Stone.
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    Comic Books 
  • Purgatori: When she was human. Behold. So much so that Queen Ostraca fell in love at first sight with her and had to make Sakkara her concubine.
  • In Superboy (1994), Kon-El stumbles into an entire harem of scantily-clad extraterrestrial slave girls while trying to find a way to free the slaves on Kossak's ship.
  • Starfire from Teen Titans was enslaved in her childhood by alien invaders as part of her backstory before fleeing and ending up on Earth. She has been used as a concubine by her owners as well, although the New 52 and the Rebirth continuity omit this aspect entirely, but preserve the slave background.
  • In ThunderCats comic The Return WilyKit was infamously turned in this trope in a Bad Future when the titular heroes were enslaved by Mumm-Ra. She eventually grew into a beautiful young woman that is explicitly referred to as his concubine in dialogue.
  • Saana in X-O Manowar is Aric's second love and a Visigoth descendant whose people were enslaved by the Vine centuries ago and spent all her life knowing nothing else. Unlike other examples of this trope, while considered very beautiful, she was a menial slave just like all the other humans as the Vine would never consider mating with humans under any circumstances, regarding them as animals.

    Fanfiction 
  • In the Steven Universe fic ''In Confidence, Pearl (who was canonically born into a slave caste) is described as one. Her beauty is suitably delicate and passive- "like a doll".

    Film — Animation 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Seen several times in Django Unchained. Candie owns at least three of these. Sheba is made to wear alluring attire, and is apparently something of a consort to Candie. She seems pretty happy with her role. Broomhilda, on the other hand, is openly made available to Candie's visitors to show his "hospitality", and is traumatized by it. He also owns a slave who's forced to wear a French Maid Outfit.
  • In Kama Sutra A Tale Of Love, Princess Tara is jealous of her servant and friend Maya as they grew up and Maya got more attention due to her beauty. This scene is quite telling.
  • Although the Wives in Mad Max: Fury Road are portrayed by adult women (except Cheedo, whose actress was in her mid-teens at the time), in-universe they are a bit younger. The circumstances of their enslavement aren't made clear, but at least Cheedo was at first deemed "too young to breed" (as shown in the prequel comic book). Also, Furiosa was taken from her home as a child and only became an Imperator after a brief and unsuccessful "career" as one of Immortan Joe's harem.
  • Cassandra in The Scorpion King arguably qualifies. She is forced into Memnon's servitude ever since she was a little girl by providing him with visions that give him an strategic edge over his enemies. And while she is very beautiful and her master certainly covets her, he is prevented from making any moves on her since Cassandra's powers are derived from her virginity. He fully intends on making her his queen after his campaign of conquest is complete and he has no need for her powers.
  • In Sleepy Hollow (1999), the Van Tassel's serving girl Sara is a pretty young woman who it turns out was caught having a tryst with the Reverend.
  • Sodom and Gomorrah: Queen Bera always has a slave who is very attractive and scantily dressed.
  • Almost all female Twi'leks in the Star Wars universe. Ironically, the most famous one, Oola of Return of the Jedi was (at least according to the Expanded Universe books) the daughter of a chieftain who was tricked into slavery at Jabba's palace after thinking she'd been hired to a prestigious engagement as a professional dancer and would be free to leave when she wanted.
    • Even more ironically, the whole idea of the females being marketed as slaves was originally the Twi'leks' idea, and the females were in favor of it. They thought that if they did it long enough, they could earn enough money to start earning it a more honest way. Sadly, after several centuries, the plan hasn't seemed to work; more than likely, it's given them a bad reputation. In fact, a lot of male Twi'leks turn out to be crooks who run the slave trade, Bib Fortuna being one of the most notorious examples. Despite this, females sometimes manage to become either Jedi or Sith.
    • The worst part is that for most Twi'lek women life as a slave on other worlds is still better than any life they could have on their homeworld (the Twi'lek homeworld is not a nice place).
  • Lilia from The Ten Commandments by virtue of being a Hebrew at the time her people were enslaved by the Egyptians and too beautiful for her own good. At first, she is a menial servant tasked with serving water, her beauty ends up attracting two abhorrent admirers at different times, who try to make her their own concubine.

    Folklore and Mythology 
  • The Histories: According to Herodotus, Rhodopis, later to become a famous hetaira (courtesan) renowned for her beauty, was a slave of Thracian birth who was sold to Egypt where she was bought and set free by the merchant Charaxus (the brother of Sappho of Lesbos) because he had fallen in love with her.
  • Achilles had one in The Iliad, former princess of Lyrnessus Briseis (although it's implied that they saw each other more as husband and wife than owner and slave), and his commander Agamemnon had her taken away as a compensation to himself for having to give up his own Beautiful Slave Girl Chryseis (a.k.a. Astynome) by god Apollo's command. Achilles then spent days in his tent.

    Literature 
  • In many live adaptations (mostly modern ones), Morgiana from Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is depicted as such. She's a serving girl hired after Ali Baba comes into money, and Ali ends up marrying her after she saves him from the titular thieves. A few adaptations imply she's an in-universe Author Avatar for the storyteller in the Framing Device Scheherezade. Make of that what you will.
  • Eliza in The Baroque Cycle is an harem girl rescued by the heroes from being executed by Turkish soldiers. According to her backstory, she was less than 10-years old when enslaved by pirates alongside her mother and was basically raised in the harem. Even though she is an free woman when accompanying the heroes, her past still weights heavily on her and slavery is basically her Berserk Button.
  • The only thing more common than beautiful Princesses on Barsoom is beautiful slave girls. The most notable of these is Tavia in A Fighting Man of Mars who rescues herself from concubinage to the Big Bad and spends the rest of the book rescuing and being rescued by the clueless hero.
  • Taiba in The Belgariad was born a slave, a direct descendant of the Marag slaves sold to the Murgos by the Tolnedrans.
  • Petra bint Miden in Caliphate was forced into slavery when she was a little girl to serve as a companion to a merchant's daughter... Then she gets sold to an brothel after being violated by the merchant's son and gets repeatedly abused in the establishment, but grows up into a beautiful young woman.
  • Grumio, the slave cook from the Cambridge Latin Course, has quite an eye for the slave-girls who apparently "please him" very much.
  • Conan the Barbarian has rescued his share of these:
    • Olivia from Iron Shadows in the Moon, for example, was an Ophirean princess sold by her parents for refusing to marry a prince of Koth, and eventually fell into the hands of the cruel Shah Amurath, who mistreated her horribly before she escaped the palace and was rescued by Conan after the Shah himself tracked her down.
    • Octavia in The Devil in Iron was another slave girl that her masters forced her to seduce Conan and lead them to his doom, but she ends up being saved by him.
    • Zenobia from The Hour of the Dragon is probably the biggest example, was originally an Nemedian concubine (albeit one that was never touched by the king since he had so many) that helped Conan flee from prison and he later marries her at the end of the book, making her his queen.
  • Haydee in The Count of Monte Cristo, who was enslaved as a child after her parents were betrayed by the Big Bad. She was later bought by the title protagonist from the Ottomans and she faithfully serves him even though she is technically freed.
  • In Dragon Bones, when the immortal slave Oreg, whom Ward inherited that day, tells him that he must do whatever his owner tells him to, Ward immediately suspects that some of his unsavoury male ancestors sexually exploited Oreg's absolute obedience, as he is a very pretty youth, much like Ward's brother Tosten (whom he intentionally kept away from sailors for this same reason).
  • Fabiola in The Forgotten Legion was born into slavery and then sold into a brothel. Her stunning looks catches the eyes of most men she meets. Her mother Velvinna also qualifies.
  • Lotus's backstory in The Good Earth. She was sold to the brothel from a young age and accepts Wang Lung's offer to be his concubine because her looks are starting to fade. Elsewhere it's said that pretty slave girls were either raped by their masters or sold to a pleasure house. Wang Lung is warned against choosing a beautiful wife from the Great House for this reason - as a beautiful slave would not have grown to maturity as a virgin.
  • Most of the slavegirls on Gor (including all of the slavegirls from Earth) fall under Made a Slave. But the books do include examples of beautiful slavegirls who were bred as slaves or who were enslaved as children. These examples often include a She Is All Grown Up moment where the lenient treatment of a girl-slave is suddenly transformed into the harsh treatment of a slavegirl.
  • Maeve of Victoria Hanley's The Healer's Keep. The B-plot of the book involves her escaping slavery to avoid becoming the Sex Slave to the Big Bad. And yes, Rescue Romance is involved.
  • Histoire d'une Grecque moderne by Abbé Prévost features an concubine named Zara who belongs to an Ottoman pasha's harem and was brought up since she was child. She enchants the main protagonist, an French diplomat, into freeing her and she reclaims her Greek heritage by renaming herself Théophé.
  • Grace from Geraldine Brooks' March (a story about the father from Little Women) is a slave girl who many of the Union soldiers (including Mr. March) are attracted to.
  • In Masques, the spy Aralorn changes place with a beautiful slave girl, (as a shapechanger, she can do that easily) to infiltrate a palace. It is strongly implied that the girl was spared a very horrible fate. Aralorn, being the hero, escapes in time to avoid A Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Brionwy in Night World short story "Brionwy's Lullaby" was a concubine in a vampire overlord's harem during a Bad Future timeline. She is said to have been enslaved when she was 12 years-old and became very beautiful, though she hasn't caught her master's attention yet to her relief. The story ends on a cliffhanger with her master choosing her as his new favorite.
  • In The Red Tent, Esau has a few of these, in addition to three wives. One of these slave girls is pregnant with his child, and if she gives birth to a boy, then she will go from being an ordinary slave to a "lesser wife" or concubine.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Babylon 5: The first season introduces Adira Tyree, a Centauri dancer and Love Interest to Londo who is actually a slave to a man named Trakis, who is using her to get close to Londo to get ahold of his Purple Files. Despite this Londo is taken with her enough that she's murdered simply as a Batman Gambit to manipulate Londo into turning against the man he wrongly believes killed her.
  • Charmed (1998):
    • The Oracle is a slave to the Source, and is an attractive, scantily dressed young woman. Of course since she's a demon, she's possibly Older Than They Look.
    • Season 8's "Repo Manor" revolves around a trio of demon slaves rebelling against their master by impersonating the Charmed Ones. In their default forms, they're still quite attractive, with the typical tight leather Stripperiffic demon attire.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Missandei is played by Nathalie Emmanuel, who is very beautifulnote . In her first appearance, she serves as an interpreter for her master, Kraznys mo Nakloz, upon his first meeting with Daenerys. She later reveals that she speaks several languages and was primarily an interpreter, but it's implied that she may have served...other duties as well during her years in servitude.
    • Doreah - Daenerys's hand maiden from Seasons 1 and 2 - was previously sold into a pleasure house and lived as a courtesan before Viserys bought her to be Dany's slave. Very beautiful (her actress Roxanne McKee was a two-time winner of the 'Sexiest Female' Award for her work in Hollyoaks) she is still occasionally used to pleasure other men in Dany's entourage.
    • This is Shae's cover as well. Tyrion appoints her as Sansa's handmaiden to protect her from those who would harm her in the Red Keep, but her beauty makes her stand out to Ros (who recognises that she's really a whore) and Cersei - who while not figuring out exactly what she is, knows she's more than just a mere slave.
  • In The Good Place, Janet is a vessel of knowledge in the form of an attractive human woman whose job is to assist and aid residents of the Good Place.
  • Hispania has Nerea, who was taken as an slave after her family's massacre and is determined to escape by any means necessary.
  • The Brazilian telenovela Isaura the Slave (2004) revolves around a mixed-heritage female slave with a white father and a mulatto mother during the early Imperial era when slavery was prevalent. She looks practically indistinguishable from a European woman, but is still a slave by heritage because of her biological mother. Even after being raised by her masters sorta like a lady, she still did the usual slave work like the others. Her unusual looks and her submissive position end up attracting her master's lust unfortunately.
  • Subverted in the Hallmark version of Jason and the Argonauts. Hypsipyle offers the Argonauts her beautiful slaves as companions (though she gets Jason for herself). However it's all part of a trick to sacrifice the men to Artemis.
  • Merlin (2008) depicts Guinevere as a peasant who starts out as a serving girl to Morgana (who is King Uther's privileged ward in this universe). They downplayed it early on, dressing Angel Coulby down (to the degree that fans complained she wasn't pretty enough to be Guinevere) only to pay more attention to her appearance as Arthur fell in love with her.
  • Rome. Titus Pullo is instantly smitten with Germanic slave girl Eirene and ends up marrying her (albeit after some rough patches like murdering her previous fiance in front of her). While beautiful, unlike other examples of this trope she is not played for fanservice.
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand:
    • Made by STARZ and set in ancient Rome, most of the female slaves are this trope. Batiatus and Lucretia are fond of having slaves act as fluffers before they get down to business with each other. Ilythia has her handmaiden "stimulate" her at one point. Mira is (repeatedly) sent to Spartacus to serve this purpose, and is implied to have unwillingly done so many times before, possible for most of the ludus. To his credit, he turns her down as she is there against her consent and they later become consenting lovers.
    • Lucretia makes a point of marking her personal attendant and preserving her virginity - to one day be promised as the mistress of another gladiator. Naevia is in this role when the series begins. In the prequel series, this was the case for her predecessor Melitta who is now the wife of Oenomaus.
    • Pietros is a male example, though he and Barca genuinely love each other. Gnaeus on the other hand...
    • Nasir also starts off as male example, but he quickly Takes A Level In Badass and becomes a Badass Gay. For the rest of the series he is very much a warrior for all that he is a Long-Haired Pretty Boy.
    • The prequel series reveals that this was how the House of Batiatus gained favour in the first place. Various Roman officials heard about the beautiful slave girls and thus kept coming to the ludus to see them. Quintus and Lucretia hated the idea, but did it to get their gladiators spots in the games. It marks part of their Start of Darkness.
  • The Orion slave girls from Star Trek, though it's debated as to who's really in control.

    Theatre 
  • The titular character of Aida, an Ethiopian slave brought to Egypt and forced to work for the princess. Unfortunately, the guy the princess likes falls for Aida instead.

    Video Games 
  • In Dragon Age II, Hawke encounters an elven slave girl as part of the personal quest chain for party member Fenris, himself an escaped slave. After killing her mage master, you have the option to either let her go, take her as a slave yourself, or free her and offer her a job at your estate.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • In the series' backstory, St. Alessia, the "Slave Queen", was one. She was born a slave to the Ayleids and was said to be quite attractive. She would later escape and, after praying to the Aedra for aid, would lead Cyrodiil's enslaved humans in a successful rebellion to overthrow the Ayleids, founding the first Empire of Men in Cyrodiil.
    • In Morrowind, the quest to be named Zainab Nerevarine involves passing one off as a high-born Telvanni noble. However, only an attractive slave will do, so the PC is tasked with using an aphrodisiac known as Telvanni Bug Musk on her to make her irresistible. Thankfully, she likes her new role (as the bride of an Ashlander chief) better than her life as a slave. (Dialogue after the marriage indicates the chief knows full well what you did and approves of your cunning. It's implied that she finds him a better catch than anything she could have gotten otherwise and that he's just happy she's willing.)
  • Eternal Darkness: One of the playable characters is Ellia, a young slave girl from Cambodia in a stripperiffic dress due to being a court dancer.
  • The Mace: The Dark Age fighting game features an sexy harem girl named Namira as a playable fighter who fights with a scimitar.
  • Persey in Tales of Arterra is an interesting variant of this: she's a succubus, and was therefore was deliberately created by a ruler of the hells to fit this trope.

    Western Animation 
  • In Steven Universe, Pearls are made for and owned by high-ranking Gems as a status symbol. Peridot describes the main functions of Pearls as standing around, looking nice, and holding stuff. Though some, like Yellow Diamond's Pearl, act as a secretary or assistant for their owner.

    Real Life 
  • "Fancy Girls" were usually attractive women who were specifically groomed and sold as sex slaves or house maids during slavery in the U.S.
  • Circassian girls were a staple of Orientalism since they were considered extremely desirable and often found themselves sold to Turkish seraglios or Persian harems. The word "Circassian" itself was often synonymous with "concubine".
  • Frederick Douglass himself witnessed, at the age of just seven years after several weeks of being deemed "ready to work", his master "Captain" Aaron Anthony brutally whipping Douglass' own teenaged aunt, Hester, right in front of Douglass, frightening the child into a nearby closet until long after the display. Hester herself had been agreed by white and black women alike in the neighborhood as a girl whose beauty had "few peers and even fewer superiors"; Douglass himself describes her as a young woman of noble bearing and graceful form. Douglass leaves the reasons behind the beating of his aunt Hester open to conjecture, but Captain Anthony whipped Hester because he expressly told her not to let him find her in the company of Ned Roberts, a young man held as a slave on a neighbor's farm; Anthony likely lusted after Hester and she had become sweethearts with the boy next door.

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